Shae: When you grow up in Chicago, you are born a sports fan. It goes like this:
Da Bears is a proper sentence; MJ was your favorite athlete; you have a baseball
team preference; and no matter what age, gender or level of athleticism, you
love the Blackhawks. On top of this, football could’ve been my high school
mascot and I attended college at a university where basketball is a religion. So,
yes, I’m a sports fan.
Shae attended college at Indiana University, where she majored in Broadcast
Journalism and minored in Kinesiology. During the summer of her junior year, Shae
spent her time in New York City double interning for MTV Networks and Showtime
Network. Working on everything from production budgets to Behind the Music, she
learned quickly what the television business had to offer and realized this was the
industry for her.
After discussing her interest in sports, Shae was signed on to assist CBS in home-
televised Bears games during her college breaks. She helped the production crew
put together pre-made packages prior to kick off and worked in the broadcast booth
on logistics throughout the game.
During her senior year at IU, Shae worked as an anchor, host, reporter, producer
and videographer for channel WTIU-Bloomington, along with several of her
other classmates. Together, they would put on a weekly news program covering
everything from the weather to pop culture. At the end of her senior year, Shae was
introduced to individuals from Big Ten Network and became a student liaison for
Throughout college, Shae’s free time was devoted to teaching master dance and
fitness classes at the university gym to students and facility. She also had Hoosier
Basketball season tickets all four years and was the Vice President for the Student
Recreational Sports Association.
Soon after graduation, Shae became a football reporter for the BTN and spent her
time traveling from practices to games throughout the Midwest. Shae learned the
ins and outs of Big Ten Athletics first hand through coaches, players and front office
personnel. After spending several Saturdays on the football field, Shae explained
how “Every job has been a learning experience, but I can honestly say this one
taught me the most. You have no idea what you’re in for when you graduate, I
don’t care how well you know the game or the programs. Just going out there
and learning first hand was really the best experience I could have asked for.”
A few months later, Shae was informed of a casting call for a local sports girl to be a
part of the ABC Chicago Bears Pregame show, “The Chicago Huddle.” A few hundred
girls and several rounds of competing later, Shae became one of two Chicago Huddle
Correspondents. As part of the Chicago Huddle, Shae interviewed and introduced
Bears players, sports anchors and writers. She also attended games to interact with
fans for the show’s “tailgate” segments.
During the summer of 2010, Shae was asked to join the team that would come
up with the marketing pitch and presentation for the Chicago Bulls 2010 Free
Agent Quest. Working with a leading digital company, Silver Chalice New Media,
Shae played a part in the creative process along with a multi-media presentation,
extensive player research and the marketing of the City of Chicago.
Shae has also added hosting to her resume, as she worked with Giant Productions
and Big Lead Sports on a daily show called “The Big Lead Sports Pro Football
Report”. Airing on over 20 websites nationally, the show brought viewers up to date
on NFL breaking news and fantasy football updates.
In 2011, Shae also expanded her broadcasting experience into Entertainment News, where she is now a fill-in host for CelebTV, covering celebrity news, fashion, and all things trending. In addition to filling in at CelebTV, Shae has rejoined the Silver Chalice New Media Group to host, produce, and manage content for the Total College Sports and ACC Digital Network(s), providing daily updates on the news around college sports.
When she has some time to herself, Shae likes to take dance classes, rollerblade, walk her dogs or just be outside. She has been a Cubs fan since the beginning but admits her family in Wisconsin tried to make her a Packer fan early on. Shae continues to pursue her career in media with the same mindset that brought her into the business, “Sometimes we just need an escape from life. Sports and Entertainment is a great outlet to give someone relief from a bad day at the office.”